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What’s Being Done to Address and Prevent Crime in Houston?

When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; […]

When you’re the fourth largest city in the country, crime is an inevitable part of life. But what crimes? And how prevalent are they? Houston Police Department statistics offer a glimpse. In January of this year, HPD says there were more than 11,300 crimes reported across the city of Houston. More than half were thefts; nearly two thousand were burglaries.

On Tuesday’s program we explored how crime is reported in the media. Today, we consider what’s being done to prevent crime, and how specific activity is monitored and investigated, from theft to DUI to more violent crimes like assault and homicide, to human trafficking – criminal activity that Houston has, sadly, become known for. That reputation was reaffirmed last week when 115 smuggled victims were found locked in a stash house.

We welcome your questions and comments for two officials tasked with leading law enforcement efforts in Greater Houston: Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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